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New Era Environmental & Development Society (NEEDS)

Location: Chandel and Thoubal districts, Manipur

   

Situation

The intervention districts are located adjacent to Imphal as a business center which has resulted in outbreak of many conflicts. The districts are inhabited predominantly by tribal communities and almost all the people practice shifting cultivation by cutting the forest. The non-tribals are migrants from other districts coming for business set up at Moreh International trade centre. There are no public health centers or health sub-centers in the vicinity of the project villages. There are inadequate number of Anganwadi workers at ICDS centers and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) in the project villages.

Objectives

* To enhance nutritional and health status of children in the operational area.

* To ensure proper care and protection of children through community mobilization on child rights issues.

* To improve the status of education of children in the operational area through activation of public schools in the operational area.

Review

* 602 children immunized

* 54 births being registered

* Reduction in the incidence of common diseases

* Increase in regular health checkups from the government health departments

* 461 children were regular in ICDS centers in 16 villages

Plans

* Increasing coverage of immunization and birth registrations.

* Activation and regular supply of food nutrients from Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and the Public Distribution System (PDS).

* Awareness and capacity building of women and community leaders on activation of health services.

* Activation of public schools where there are no schools.

       

 

Background:

The organization was started in 1993 by Mr. K. Morang Maring. He hailed from a tribal community and had the insight to realize that the people of such communities are deprived from any kind of development. These people lived in the hills and were dependant on forest and forest products. But fast deforestation was a threat to their livelihood and two major ethnic conflicts in the area led to displacement of the tribal communities from hills to plains. NEEDS was actively involved in reducing the Naga-Kuki conflicts in 1993-96 and also Kuki-Paite conflicts in 1996-98. Since 2005, NEEDS worked with people affected by ethnic conflicts in 10 villages in Churachandpur and Chandel districts. Income generating projects were introduced through 26 Self Help Groups (SHGs). Capacity building of people like farmers, youth leaders, community leaders, general public was done where NEEDS sensitized 784 people on environmental issues, HIV/AIDS, conflict analysis and peace building. NEEDS also worked for capacity building of other CBOs and NGOs of North East India. 70 NGOs were capacitated on conflict analysis and peace building.

Situation:

The intervention districts are located adjacent to Imphal as a business center which has resulted in outbreak of many conflicts. The districts are inhabited predominantly by tribal communities and almost all the people practice shifting cultivation by cutting the forest. The non-tribals are migrants from other districts coming for business set up at Moreh International trade centre. There is no health centers, Government dispensaries, health sub-centers in the vicinity of the project villages. There is inadequate number of Anganwadi workers at ICDS centers and Accredited Social Healtg Activist (ASHA) in the project villages. Institutional delivery is as low as 16% of total child births. Villages located with regular road link and transportation services apparently have better health care coverage compared to those located in the interiors and remote areas. There are a total of 19 schools in the 16 project villages under 4 blocks. Out of the 16 operational villages, 13 villages are newly settled after the internal displacement in the border area of the Chandel district and Myanmar after the violent ethnic conflict between Naga and Kuki. As this area lies next to Moreh, issue of trafficking is also rampant. In 2008, 22 trafficking cases were highlighted by NEEDS.  Networking activity and awareness at community level on the issue is very much needed.

Objectives:

  • To enhance nutritional and health status of children in operation area through the mobilization of systemic entitlement rights of children.
  • To ensure proper care and protection of children through community mobilization on child right issues.
  • To improve the status of education of children in the operational area through activation of government schools in the operational area.

Review:

CRY initiative with NEEDS started in the year 2008 at 16 villages of Chandel and Thoubal district of Manipur. Organization and its team members have developed the understanding on child right during the period. Workshop, training and alliance process helped to understand the child rights and accordingly team members identified the issues and also started work to address the child right issues.

Some of the major achievements of NEEDS in last year are:

  • 100% immunization and quality health services were provided to the community.
  • Community level meetings on health have given some of the result in terms of activation of services by the health officials.
  • At district level organization made advocacy with the social welfare department and the officials of the education.
  • Networking was done onb the issue of child right to food, like implementation of social security entitlement of the individual.
  • Interface meeting at various levels has impacted good result at community level.

Plans:

  • Increasing coverage of immunization and birth registration.
  • Activation and regular supply of food nutrients from Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Public Distribution System (PDS).
  • Awareness and capacity building of women and community leaders on activation of health services.
  • Activation of Government schools and advocacy for opening schools in villages where there are no government schools.
  • Ensure Equal education opportunity to all children.
  • Engagement of children in education activities and protection from substance abuse.
  • Creation of forum for adolescent children and create space for constructive socialization process.
  • Prevent and protect children from being trafficked.
  • Ensuring girl child getting equal treatment and opportunities from parents.

Budget summary:

Particulars Amount (US $)
Right to Development 4,817
Right to Survival 5,667
Right to Protection 4,534
Right to Participation 5,950
Administration 7,367
Total 28,335

 

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